20 Jul '13, 9pm

A $6,500 Rolex, a Ferrari ride, a New York shopping spree--it's good to be governor of a corrupt state like VA:

A $6,500 Rolex, a Ferrari ride, a New York shopping spree--it's good to be governor of a corrupt state like VA:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2012 Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post /Getty Images If you’re looking for indoor fun in 100-degree weather, go ahead and Google Virginia’s ethics laws for elected officials. First thing you’ll notice? The word “lax” is used to modify the words “Virginia Ethics Laws” so often in news accounts that you could not be faulted for believing “Lax Virginia Ethics Laws” to be the official title of the statute. The next thing you’ll notice? That seems to just be the way things are, here in the Old Dominion. Embattled Gov. Bob McDonnell has probably just cratered a once-promising political career over $145,000 in undisclosed gifts —each worthy of its own episode of Real Housewives of Richmond —including a $6,500 Rolex, a New York shopping spree for his wife, limo rides , catering for his daughter’s wedding, and a ride in a Ferrari. Is it shockin...

Full article: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprud...

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